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Definition of bantamweight

: a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 118 pounds for professionals and 119 pounds for amateurs — compare featherweight, flyweight

Examples of bantamweight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The last time Shevchenko tasted defeat was in a bantamweight title fight against current champ-champ Amanda Nunes. Danny Segura, MMA Junkie, "UFC 247 results: Valentina Shevchenko dominates Katlyn Chookagian to retain title," 9 Feb. 2020 Highlighting the night are championship bouts between heavyweights Mike Quintero and Blake Troop as well as bantamweights Albert Morales and Ryan Lilley. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Finding second act through MMA league, ex-NFL LB Shawne Merriman aims to offer other athletes the same," 21 Feb. 2020 The two bantamweights are coming off a stirring trilogy — all in a 10-month span — in which two of the three fights were declared a draw, with the other going to Franco by split decision., "Joshua Franco, Hector Tanajara eye San Antonio boxing debuts," 27 Dec. 2019 Holm is best known for handing Ronda Rousey her first defeat at UFC 193 for the bantamweight title, one of the biggest upsets in UFC history. Allen Kim, CNN, "Conor McGregor is making his return to the octagon tonight for UFC 246," 18 Jan. 2020 Former bantamweight champion Holly Holm beat Raquel Pennington by unanimous decision in the penultimate bout of UFC 246. Greg Beacham, Houston Chronicle, "Conor McGregor blasts Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return," 18 Jan. 2020 Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington will square off at UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., Saturday night in a woman’s bantamweight bout on the pay-per-view card. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington odds, picks and best bets," 16 Jan. 2020 Henry Cejudo won the bantamweight belt in convincing fashion, then called for three head-scratching future opponents despite two top contenders winning fights earlier in the night. Phil Thompson,, "5 takeaways from UFC 238 at the United Center, including locals getting VIP treatment and the ripple effects of fight outcomes," 9 June 2019 Nunes’ victory is her 10th straight and her fifth successful UFC bantamweight title defense. Nolan King, MMA Junkie, "UFC 245 results: Amanda Nunes earns decision over game Germaine de Randamie," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bantamweight

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bantamweight was in 1884

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7 Apr 2020

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“Bantamweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bantamweight

: a fighter in a class of boxers who weigh from 112 to 119 pounds (51 to 54 kilograms)

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